In a highly anticipated clash of the titans, Tyson Fury has officially confirmed the date for his historic battle against Oleksandr Usyk.
Earlier this month, both boxing champions finalized a deal to crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, sending shockwaves of excitement throughout the sports world.
While the venue and date were still shrouded in uncertainty, speculations had been swirling that December 23 was the target date.
Speaking to Sky Sports just ahead of his fight with former UFC champion Francis Ngannou, Fury quashed the rumors by confirming the end-of-year date as the plan.
He declared that Usyk had no choice but to face him in December, emphasizing the binding contract.
“Usyk’s a sausage. I’m expecting it to take place in December, that’s what I’ve been told, so I’ve got no reason to disbelieve it for sure,” Fury stated. “Usyk has to fight me in December, doesn’t have a choice. He’s signed a contract, so if he doesn’t, he’s breached the contract and he gets sued, so he doesn’t really have a choice.”
Usyk had previously mentioned some niggling injuries from his title defense against Daniel Dubois in August and suggested that he would need a 14-week camp to prepare for “The Gypsy King.”
However, according to the WBC champion, the showdown is set for December. Whether this ultimatum is part of mind games or genuine determination remains to be seen.
Fury, who hasn’t fought in nearly a year since his victory over Derek Chisora in December 2022, faces Ngannou in a pivotal bout.
If he emerges victorious, as most expect, boxing fans can anticipate an early Christmas gift with the monumental Fury vs. Usyk clash.